October 15, 2017 Subject:
A very touching programme from a lacal TV station about the achievements of young men and women any community would have been proud of having among them.
I was nearly in tears by the end of the show. You feel something akin to personal pride getting to know these bright young people. And I find it very touching that the local TV station took the time and effort to introduce these teenagers in whom they obviously took a lot of pride in to the others, probably both motivating the youngsters themselves, as well as the men and women who work with and for them, and obviously take much pride in them. From a time where the importance of responsibility and personal achievement were stressed, and 'community' provided a viable, perhaps more efficient means of allocation of resources than a morbidly obese, big, central government, it also introduces the various constructive programmes they had for the teenagers of their community.
All eight teenagers featured here are polite, winsome, charming young men with bright faces, bright smiles and bright eyes that speak of hopes and dreams. Sure, some of them, especially the younger ones come off as awkward at times, but that's how most of us were at that age, especially when facing adults, not to mention on the television.
The three on the driving safety panel are especially well spoken, well mannered, and cheerful. Young Ed, in particular, is a very charming, articulate young fella. The type you'd be proud to have as a community leader.
These are young men and women I'd be honoured to hand a country over to once the time comes for the changing of the guard.
January 1, 2013 Subject:
Love those kids!
A curiously affecting (to me at least) local program from Channel 2 in Oakland from the late '50s highlighting the achievements of local teens. First we meet the adult directors of East Bay Boys Clubs and the boys chosen as "Boy of the Year" by each club. Then we meet teen taking part in drivers education programs. The production is laughingly poor, with the cameramen and director clueless about what shots to take.
But the adults are earnest and good-hearted and the teens are shy, cute and altogether winning.
Most TV stations had programs like this in those days. I remember a show where I grew up in western Michigan called "Know Your Schools" from
Channel 3 in Kalamazoo.
December 14, 2005 Subject:
Perhaps curious on an historical viewing level, but this is a dated local community program.
March 7, 2005 Subject:
What looks to be a community television production of a dreadful idea of a tv program, where kids and leaders of boys and girls clubs can get together and... talk. Moderated by Milt (who?) Gamble, some of the kids look dreadfully comfortable. But watching some of the adults is a bit of a hoot, like the PTA president lady dreassed to the nines, always adjesting her fur stole.. (just the perfect outfit for a show just like this) or the very odd guy who has his arms folded and off the desk and when he introduces his kid friend, wraps his hand around his shoulder and starts drumming his fingers on his shoulder.. Yikes!
Stay tuned for the credits.. Cannonball and Sheena, queen of the jungle! Yesssssssssss..
December 31, 2004 Subject:
Exercise in Terror!
This looks to be a late 1950's television production. It's amazingly boring and long, and I find it hard to believe that anyone would be able to sit thru this unless they were related to one of the people interviewd.
I'm not sure what happened before the camera was turned on because everyone looks terrified out of their minds! And no one can look the host in the eye when he asks them a question. At first I thought that perhaps they were reading cue cards, but after a while I wasn't so sure. Of course, the only one immune is the Beaver who is clearly visible on the thumbnails... he's simply smiling away.